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Santa Fe Trail Association – Calendar of Events
To submit an event for consideration on this calendar of events, please visit the following link: www.santafetrail.org/forms/calendar-form.html

To find events being held at the National Park sites along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, please visit the following links:
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site--http://www.nps.gov/beol/planyourvisit/calendar.htm  
Fort Larned National Historic Site -- http://www.nps.gov/fols/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Fort Union National Monument -- http://www.nps.gov/foun/planyourvisit/calendar.htm 
Pecos National Historic Park -- http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/index.htm

~2021 Events~

Throughout 2021:  Enjoy the Santa Fe Trail Association
GeoTour.  https://www.geocaching.com/play/geotours/santa-fe-trail

Throughout 2021:  The Dodge City/Ft. Dodge/Cimarron Chapter will publish weekly digital posts about the markers located in Ford & Gray Counties, KS.  Posts can be found @santafetrail1821 or on Pinterest at:  https://www.pinterest.com/santafetrail1/dodge-city-chapter-sft-markers/
January 1 – June 30, 2021: Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association Photo Contest. Entry information and rules at www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com
February 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021:  Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association 200th Passport Activity (for McPherson, Rice & Barton Counties in Kansas).  Pick up the “Passport Book” at your local museum or print one out online at www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com    Once you visit all the sites and collect the stamps, visit one of the following museums -- the McPherson Museum in McPherson, KS, the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, KS or the Barton County Historical Museum in Great Bend, KS -- to have your book verified and enter the drawing for the Grand Prize of $200.  For more information: Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com  
EXHIBIT:  Buffalo Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail.  February – December, 2021:  Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday  www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com    
EXHIBIT: Paddle Wheel to Wagon Wheel; May 1 – December 31, 2021; Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center, Arrow Rock, MO.  Displays of trade goods and supplies that would be included during the years of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.  Enjoy the history of the transport of the goods up the Missouri River by steamboat to Franklin, MO and then loaded onto wagons for the trek down the Trail.  Contact info: Mike Dickey, Site Superintendent, or Cindy Imhoff, Interpretive Resource Specialist at the site: 660-837-3330.  Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Missouri State Parks (mostateparks.com)

June 3, 2021:  8:00 p.m. Main Street Sterling Summer Concert Series presents Jeff Davidson with a musical history of the Santa Fe Trail and brings to life the distance, danger, opportunity, and magic of Trail travel.  At Studio 96, 121 S. Broadway, Sterling KS. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

June 4, 2021:  5:30 p.m.  Jim Gray presents, “An Evening on the Old Salt Road” Geneseo, KS.  Noted historian and writer Jim Gray commemorates the trail that connected the Smoky Hill Trail to Cow Creek Crossing on the Santa Fe Trail and provides a history of the trail that passed by the location of present-day Geneseo. The program will be at the Geneseo City Museum, 907 Silber Avenue, Geneseo, KS.  Events will include: Reenactors representing the hunting camp of Smoky Hill Thompson, a local frontiersman; Kansas frontier music by Zerf (Dave Zerfas) along with a camp stew and biscuit feed.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719
Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com  or www.santafetrail2021.com

June 4, 2021: 3:00 p.m. National award winner and freelance oral historian Jim Two Crows Wallen, Tales of the Santa Fe Trail.Performance at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, 2123 Main St, Great Bend, KS 67530.  Sponsored by the Great Bend Public Library as part of their summer library series. For more information:   (620) 792-2409

June 5, 2021:  National Trails Day – sponsored by the American Hiking Society.   Held on the first Saturday in June, the day recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation, exposure to nature and experiencing historic trails. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of services the trails systems offer. The day encourages people to discover their local trails and share their excitement for the outdoors. Various events observed nationally https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

June 5, 2021:  2:00 p.m. Douglas County Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association event.  “Trails and Trailblazers” will commemorate the Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail and explore the nearby Black Jack Battlefield, a "Bleeding Kansas" site tied to abolitionist John Brown. Shuttle buses leave to go to historic sites on the half hour from the Baldwin High School at 415 Eisenhower Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006. 

  • 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Downtown Baldwin City, KS at Sullivan Square:  Enjoy old time games, buggy rides, a real stagecoach on display, history display, and more.
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Baker University Old Castle Museum, just north of parking lot at 6th and Fremont Street will also be open.
  • 2:00 p.m.  Dedication of the new Black Jack Ruts Hiking Trail & Exhibits at Black Jack Park & Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve, located 3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS. 
  • 3:00 p.m.  Tour of the Black Jack Battlefield with John Brown and Captain Pate. Parking at both sites is limited so please use the shuttle.   For more information:  Roger Boyd rboydbird69@gmail.com  

June 6, 2021: DAR Wreath Laying Ceremony, New Franklin, MO. 1:45 p.m., A DAR wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Santa Fe Trail marker at the stone in downtown New Franklin, MO.  After the wreath laying, there will be a presentation by Tim Williams, 5th great grandson of Ezekiel Williams. Refreshments will be served. For more information on these events contact: Marty Ferry mhferry@yahoo.com  or 660-537-0670.

June 7-11, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day – Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents “Ride into History Camp,” Barton County, KS, at the Barton County Historical Museum, 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS. Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com or Linda Colle, 620-241-8719.

June 11, 2021: Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performances; open to the public. Barton County Historical Museum, 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

June 11, 2021: Michael Martin Murphey in Concert in Council Grove, in the Amphitheater in Riverwalk Park. Tickets $20 via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-martin-murphey-concert-tickets-150406063585?aff=ebdssbeac For more information: 620-767-3022 or sft200cg@gmail.com  

June 12, 2021:  Symphony in the Flint Hills on the Santa Fe Trail will take place on North Lakeview Pasture near Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas.  For more information and to order tickets: https://symphonyintheflinthills.org/

June 13-20. 2021: Santa Fe Trail Mountain Man Rendezvous on the Santa Fe Trail, Raton, NM.  A re-creation of the mountain man era, pre-1840s, on the Santa Fe Trail. Hosted by the NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM.  For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/sftrendezvous/  or contact Joe Kierst at htowngogs@gmail.com  or 575-425-5433

June 14-18, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day – Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Ride into History Camp”, Rice County, KS, at the K-State Research and Extension Bldg, 701 E. Main, Lyons, KS. Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of a someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening, performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  or Linda Colle, 620-241-8719.

June 16-19, 2021:  68th Annual Western Writers of America Convention, Embassy Suites, Loveland, CO.  For more information: https://westernwriters.org/

June 18, 2021: Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performancesopen to the public. K-State Research and Extension Building, 701 E. Main Lyons, KS.  For more information:  Linda Colle, Phone: 620-241-8719, Email: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

June 18, 2021:   Cimarron Heritage Center Tour of Cimarron County, Oklahoma Santa Fe Trail Sites.  Meet at the museum at 7:00 a.m. Buses will depart at 8:00 a. m.  Lunch will be served at the museum, then approximately at 1:00 p.m. the tour will continue. Sorry folks--no babies or dogs allowed. Some walking will be required so plan accordingly. Cost is $10.00/person and includes lunch. A head count of the number in your party is needed as well as a phone number. RSVP required by June 12 at 580-544-3479. 

June 21-25, 2021:  1:00-5:00 p.m. each day. Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents, “Ride into History Camp”, McPherson County, KS, at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  Ride into History will share their expertise on becoming a historical performer in a week-long camp.  Create a historic persona of a someone from the period of the Santa Fe Trail and “become” that person!  On Friday evening performance of characters created will be shared with the public.  Registration is required -- opens April 1, 2021. $50 Fee, Scholarships Available.  Class size is limited to 20 at each location. For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

June 25, 2021:  Evening Program of “Ride Into History” Historical Performances; open to Public.  McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com 
June 26, 2021:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Mountain Men on the Santa Fe Trail at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS.  Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Mountain Man Camp. 
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m:  Ice cream social.
  • 2:00 p. m: Tom Nestor presents, “History of the early fur trade from the Arkansas River trade to the Rocky Mountain trade” 

For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

EXHIBIT:  July 9, 2021 – October 17, 2021; at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  Mexico’s independence from Spain had continental repercussions for the Americas. Specifically in the United States, formerly American citizens who swore allegiance to Spain were now Mexican citizens. These impresarios eventually helped Mexico gain its independence, and due to the despotic rule of dictator Santa Anna, eventually revolted against Mexico. These series of events were critical to developing the American West. Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will focus on how Mexican independence influenced the American West, especially the evolution of the American cowboy.  For more information: info@nationalcowboymuseum.org   https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/exhibition/santa-fe-trail/

July 3, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- American Legion Parade, Sterling, Kansas, with the theme “200 Years on the Santa Fe Trail!”     Parade route:  south on Broadway from Washington St. to Garfield St., Sterling, KS.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or 
www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 10-142021:  Rice County, KS 4-H Fair; Santa Fe Trail Theme, Celebration Centre, 1108 U.S. Highway 56, Lyons, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 16-17, 2021: “Gunfight on the Santa Fe Trail,” Council Grove, KS. A weekend of family entertainment with vendors, old west reenactments, gunfight competition, art, poetry, trail "grub," and music provided by 3 Trails West and Diamond W Wranglers.  Special Guest "Buck" Taylor from Gunsmoke. Events kick off July 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Neosho River Walk Park; fee charged. For more information visit Event Facebook page

July 18 – 31, 2021: “Story Walk in the Park” Book:  Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail by Barbara Joosse (pages of a story are posted through the park; participants read the story as they follow the “Story Walk”.) Story Walk hosted by the Moundridge Public Library and will be posted in the Moundridge City Park on Cole Street, 24/7 for two weeks. www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 19, 2021:  6:30 p.m. -- Adult Book Club - Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marian Russell Along the Santa Fe Trail.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com  Library phone:  620-345-6355

July 22, 2021:  10:00 a.m.-- Junior Book Club - All the Stars in the Sky.  Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave., Moundridge, KS. Library phone:  620-345-6355 www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com   

July 23, 2021:  Eastern McPherson County & Marion County Santa Fe Trail Days at the McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS. 

  • 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Reception with appetizers and dinner – tickets $25/person; Cash bar available.  For tickets, or more information: contact the McPherson Museum, 620-241-8464, email: director@mcphersonmuseum.com,  
  • 7:00 p.m. Program by Dr. Leo E. Oliva: “What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?” The program is free and open to the public.

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days in Galva, KS.  A printed “Trail Guide” will be available at the McPherson County Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS.  Each of the 9 Eastern McPherson and Marion County Trail Stops will be staffed.  Use the “Trail Guide” to see all 9 stops in eastern McPherson County and Marion County. Acquire stamps at each location and have it verified at a staffed location when you are done to be entered into a drawing for a free meal at 56 Family Restaurant in Galva.  Specific events taking place during the day include:    
At the Galva Museum - 204 S. Main Galva, KS - 9:00 am-4:00 pm

  • Special display about the Santa Fe Trail
  • Kid-friendly KSHS traveling trunk about Trading on the Santa Fe Trail with Mrs. Ford 

At the 56 Family Restaurant - 220 E. U.S. Highway 56, Galva, KS; Open 6:00 am-8:00 pm

  • Beginning at 10:00 a.m. -- Teepee display and cooking by Tom and Tammy Nestor
  • See the special Santa Fe Trail mural created by Barb Bland on display inside the 56 Family Restaurant
  • Local musicians

At the Coffee Shed inside the Woodbury Market –305 E. U.S. Highway 56, Galva, KS – available for a charge:

  • Open for Breakfast at 7:00 am
  • Children’s covered wagon rides, Root Beer Floats, fresh squeezed lemonade, kettle corn 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 pm.  Lunch served from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

For more information: Linda Anderson, 620-654-6534. Email boblinda@hometelco.net 
or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events at Running Turkey Creek, KS, a campsite on the Santa Fe Trail, 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m. Located 1 mile east and 2 miles south of Galva, KS on 22nd Ave, just before Iron Horse Road.  Sponsored by the Galva Museum. For more information: Linda Anderson, 620-654-6534. Email boblinda@hometelco.net or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

  • Cheyenne Encampment – Keven Hiebert
  • Military Infantry Escort Camp – Rex and Dustin Abrahams, volunteers at Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Women on the Santa Fe Trail & Fuller’s Ranch/Empire History – Emma Perera
  • Cherokee Trail Connection to the Santa Fe Trail – Brian Stucky
  • Fuller’s Ranch site, first white settlement in McPherson County, staked out
  • Empire Cemetery: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Located ½ mile south of events.  Early day settlers of Empire and Galva, KS – Don & Sandra Unruh

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events in Canton, KS.  For more information: Kim Witt, 214-679-9018. Email: jkcrwitt@aol.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

  • D.A.R. Santa Fe Trail Marker Photo Stop – 0.7 miles south of Canton on 27th Ave. or 0.3 miles north of Kiowa Road on 27th Ave.
  • Canton Township Carnegie Library – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m: Tales of the Trail and refreshments. 203 N. Main street, Canton, KS. 
  • Jones’ Cemetery and Ed Miller’s Grave- 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Reenactments of Ed Miller.  2 miles east of Canton, Kansas on Highway 56 and 1/2 mile north.
  • Santa Fe & Chisholm Trail Marker Photo Stop – 3 miles east of Canton on HWY 56, north 100 feet on 30th/Meridian.

 

July 24, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Days Events in Marion County, KS.  For more information: Kim Witt, 214-679-9018. Email: jkcrwitt@aol.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

  • French Frank’s Trail Segment Historic Marker Photo Stop –  245th Road between Bison and Chisholm Trail Road.
  • French Frank’s Guided Walking Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on 240th Road between Bison and Chisholm Trail Road; enter at the green gates and follow the lane north past the containers.

August 4-9, 2021:  American Solar Challenge on the Santa Fe Trail.  The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. Teams compete between multiple cities across the country. The event has had over two decades of organized events in North America.  In 2021, in observance of the Santa Fe Trail 200th the challenge will start in Independence, MO and end in Santa Fe, NM. https://www.americansolarchallenge.org/  For more information, contact:  jessica_ostfeld@partner.nps.gov

August 10, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of Missouri statehood. See https://missouri2021.org/events-200/ for events and activities.

August 14, 2021: 10:00-4:00 p.m. Quivira Chapter of the SFTA presents: "Little Arkansas Rendezvous." Programs will focus on life on the Santa Fe Trail and will include:

  • Camp Grierson: Buffalo Soldiers Camp. See and hear about life on the Trail as a Buffalo Soldier.
  • Swanson’s Swales: See a team and wagon from Fort Riley queuing up for crossing the Little Arkansas River. Learn about how the wagons were hitched up and the work it took to make a river crossing
  • Fry Ruts: Experience Native American life along the Trail and the impact it had when the Trail travelers and Native Americans crossed paths.  See the Fort Riley Color Guard maneuvers and Cavalry Encampment
  • Learn about the Little Arkansas Ranch and the Stone Corral, trade stops on the Santa Fe Trail.
  • Have lunch along the Santa Fe Trail (bring a lunch
  •  or watch for more details about purchasing options available.)

Directions:

  • From the north: Follow the signs south on Plum/31st Avenue from Highway 56 (1 mile west of Windom, Ks)
  • From the south:  Go north from Hutchinson Kansas on Plum Street (31st Avenue) approximately 15 miles

Swanson’s Swales is ¾ miles north of Avenue P.  Camp Grierson is about 2/3 mile west on Avenue P.  Fry Ruts are 1/1/2 miles west on Avenue P. For more information: 620-241-8719,
e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

August 24, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Treaty of Cordoba which provided Mexican Independence from Spanish rule. For more information, see: https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cordoba-treaty-1821

August 28-29, 2021: “Military on the Santa Fe Trail” -- Commemorating the 175th anniversary of the encampment of the Mormon Battalion, the 8th KS Volunteer Infantry and the Buffalo Soldiers that protected the Santa Fe Trail. Events to be held at Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS.  For more information contact the Council Grove Chamber of Commerce at 620-767-5413 or www.santafetrail200.com  

August 28-292021: “Grillin' on the Trail BBQ Contest,” A sanctioned BBQ competition to be held near the Santa Fe Trail. Council Oak Park, Council Grove, KS. Details, Applications and Prizes to be announced.  www.santafetrail200.com

August 28, 2021:  1:00 p.m. -- Empire Days at Galva, KSProgram: Infantry Soldier of the 1860s, presented by Rex Abrahams, volunteer at Fort Larned National Historic Site.  Program will be presented at the Galva Fire Station, 300 S. Main, Galva, KS.  For more information: 620-241-8719,
e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

August 28, 2021: Program at South Howard County Museum, Main Street, Franklin, MO.  Speaker Les Vilda will discuss his trip down the Santa Fe Trail with his pack-donkey in 1984, and his wagon trip in 1987. The public is invited. For more information contact: Marty Ferry mhferry@yahoo.com or 660-537-0670.

September 1, 2021:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association:  To acknowledge the departure of William Becknell and companions, MRO will host a short program at the site of the SFTA markers at Franklin.  Day-long activities will be held at Arrow Rock, MO.  This will be a joint commemoration with Arrow Rock Missouri State Park (DNR) and Friends of Arrow Rock. The Arrow Rock Stock and Trading Company will do first person portrayals of the Becknell men. During the day and they will interact with attendees.  Lunch will be available at the Historic J Huston Tavern www.hustontavern.com
Luncheon seatings at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Reservations due by July 1, 2021 by calling 660-837-3200 or by email at:  info@hustontavern.com

  • 9:00 a.m.: At the site of Old Franklin, Steve Hart of the Arrow Rock Stock and Trading Company will portray William Becknell.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Rich Lawson will give a tour of the Arrow Rock and Todd's Ferry Landing Site.
  • 11:30 a.m.: First lunch shift served at the J. Huston Tavern, 305 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO.  Other visitors will hear Mike Dickey's presentation on Native American interaction with traders, the Osage Trace, etc.
  • 1:00 p.m.:  Second lunch shift at the J. Huston Tavern, 305 Main St, Arrow Rock, MO.  Other visitors will hear Mike Dickey's presentation on Native American interaction with traders, the Osage Trace, etc.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Visitors gather at the Museum, 39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO for a presentation by Rich Lawson about Arrow Rock/Todd’s Ferry Landing, followed by Dorris Keeven-Franke presenting a program on the Boonslick Road

For more information: Anne Mallinson annemallinson@gmail.com  or Larry Short ldshort@comcast.net

September 3-6, 2021:  Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence, MO.  The Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails traveled by adventurous pioneers during the country's westward expansion in the 1800s. First held in 1940, it is now one of the nation’s premier festivals and features arts & crafts booths, food and entertainment, all held around the historic Courthouse Square.  For more information: https://www.santacaligon.com/

September 4-5, 2021:  Weekend commemoration at Fort Osage.  Sponsored by MRO/SFTA, Jackson County Parks & Rec and the Society of Friends of Fort Osage.  For more information: https://fortosagenhs.com/event/celebrating-the-santa-fe-trail/ or MRO Chapter President, Anne Mallinson annemallinson@gmail.com or Larry Short ldshort@comcast.net

September 4, 2021:  10:00 a.m. “Madonna Trudge” in Council Grove, KS.  This annual event consists of a run/walk, and a Madonna “look-alike” short walk. Prizes will be awarded to winners including "most authentic" Madonna statue "look-alikes". Start and finish at the Madonna of the Trail Statue, Council Grove, KS. For more information, contact Jan at 303-775-5901. https://www.santafetrail200.com/dar-madonna-trudge

September 4-6, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Bike Across Kansas (BAK) Bicycle Rally, Great Bend, KS,
Each day of the rally, cyclists will enjoy a different looped tour route starting and ending in Great Bend.  . All meals and lodging will be on your own and we will not be using local school facilities. Participants will choose to stay at one of several Great Bend hotels or camp. Hotel and camping fees are not included in the BAK entry fee. COVID-safe practices will be followed throughout this event.  Visit the BAK website for all the details and event registration at:  bak.org
September 10-11, 2021:  "Taking the Smoky Hill Trail to Santa Fe" Fort Wallace Museum Encampment and Mini-Symposium, Wallace, KS.  As the railroad moved westward in the 1860s and 1870s, the Smoky Hill Trail was incorporated into the route Santa Fe Trail. Living historians will set up on the museum grounds will highlight the trade that characterized end-of-the-track towns like Sheridan. Frank Norris and Mike Olson will be guest speakers on September 11. Follow the museum on Facebook or email museum@ftwallace.com for more information.

September 11, 2021: “Raytown’s Festival on the Trails” Community events to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Raytown, MO.  Hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, the Raytown Historical Soc., the Raytown Parks Dept., the Rice-Tremonti House, and Cave Spring Association.  For more information, contact: ldshort@comcast.net or president@raytownchamber.com

September 17-18, 2021: Rendezvous at Council Grove including the “Voices of the Wind People Pageant,” Mountain Men Exposition, Antique Wagon Show, Blacksmith, Wheelwright, Non-motorized Parade, and participation of the Kaw Tribe.  For more information contact the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 620.767.5413 or www.santafetrail200.com  or on Facebook @voicesofthewindpeople  

September 18, 2021:  City of Burlingame, Santa Fe Trail Day.  Plans are being developed to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail 200th in Burlingame.  For more information, contact Sheila Curtis at shellicurti@gmail.com

September 18, 2021:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Festival on the Trail; at The Trailside Center, 99th & Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO. There will be displays of trail worthy items, speakers, and music. For additional information contact the Trailside Center at 816-942-3581, or email: margarethughes527@yahoo.com

September 18-19, 2021:  GRAND OPENING of the FIRST AMERICANS MUSEUM, 659 First Americans Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129.  Scheduled for completion in September 2021, the 175,000 square foot museum will showcase state-of-the-art exhibitions in First American history, culture, and art; live public and educational programs; a full-service restaurant and an express café presenting unique Native inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring authentic one-of-a-kind hand-made items or products by premiere First American artists. info@FAMok.org 405-594-2100

September 19, 2021:  Classical Piano Concert Honoring the Santa Fe Trail 200th.   2:00 p.m., Council Grove High School, 129 Hockaday St, Council Grove, KS 66846.  Admission:  $15.00.  Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, professor of Music, Kansas State University, will present a concert with renditions of “Home on the Range,” Native American Music and classical music composed prior to 1868. 
September 22, 2021:  9:00 a.m., Santa Fe Trail Association Fall Board of Directors Meeting, Otero Community College, LaJunta, CO.  For more information, contact manager@santafetrail.org

September 22-26, 2021: Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium“The Santa Fe Trail Lives On: 200 Years of Commerce & Cultural Connections.”  Hosted by the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site.  Events will be held in La Junta, CO & at Bent’s Old Fort NHS and will include speakers, tours, and living history.  For more information, visit:  www.2021sfts.com

September 25-26, 2021:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Santa Fe Trail Events, including Fair on the Square,” Courthouse Square, Lyons, KS; Bike Ride, Horse Ride --time/ location TBD; Sunset at Gunsight Notch; and Dedication of Plum Buttes Massacre Memorial—Supper in the Ruts at Ralph’s Ruts, West of Chase, KS on 4th road, ¾ miles north of Highway 56.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

EXHIBIT—Fall 2021:  at Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  An Interactive Digital Tour Experience will guide an audience through the 35 miles of the Santa Fe Trail sites in Rice County, Kansas at the Coronado Quivira Museum and on the museum’s website at www.cqmuseum.org   Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 W. Lyon St., Lyons, KS.  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information: www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

September 27 – October 3, 2021:  Trinidad, CO/Raton, NM:  Regional Santa Fe Trail Commemorative Events.  Events are currently being planned and will include: Sept. 27-30 - Tours along the Trail:  East to Timpas/South to Raton Pass/ Baca House and Santa Fe Trail Museum and DAR Marker at Kit Carson Park; Oct 1-3 - Events on the Santa Fe Trail -Downtown Trinidad- Speakers, reenactments, theatre productions, cultural music/dancers, Buffalo Soldiers, youth educational activities and period demonstrations, all representing the cultures and historical aspects of the Santa Fe Trail. 
For more information:  marty.hackett@trinidad.co.gov

October 2-3, 2021:  Maxwell Wildlife Refuge – Mountain Man Rendezvous; 2565 Pueblo Road, Canton, KS.  For more information:  620-654-7230    
maxwellwildliferefuge@gmail.com

October 15-17, 2021:  Smoky Hill Trail Association Conference, Abilene, KS.
Visit www.smokyhilltrail.com  for more information or contact Pres. Ken Cole at: cole_ken@hotmail.com

October 17, 2021:  2:00 p.m. -- Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association presents a program by Robert Yarmer, “Tales from the Trail and the Beyond” at the Ellinwood Senior Center, 103 N. Main St., Ellinwood, KS.  For more information: Linda Colle, 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

November 12-14, 2021: Commemoration of the meeting of Becknell & Gallegos near Las Vegas, NM.  The Corazón de los Caminos Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation will join together to present programs to commemorate the meeting of Becknell & Gallegos near Las Vegas, NM.  Events will also take place in Santa Fe, NM presented by the End of the Trail Chapter-SFTA. For more information, davesgd@yahoo.com or 505- 426-8958.
Schedule of Events: 
Friday, November 12, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration On-site: Plaza Hotel  
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks: Rudy Laumbach, President Las Vegas Citizens Committee Preservation, Camino de Corazon – SFTA. 
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Speaker Presentation:  Henrietta Martinez Christmas
  • 10:30 a.m.  Coffee break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation: Christine St. Vrain-Fischahs
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Catered Lunch in the Plaza Hotel Ballroom 
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Speaker Presentation:  Robert Tórrez
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Speaker Presentation: Frances Levine
  • 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Speaker Presentation:  James Abreu
  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Cocktail hour, cash bar followed by dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Entertainment: Rob Martinez

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Las Vegas, NM to Santa Fe, NM

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. New Mexico Society Of Daughters of the American Revolution (NMSODAR ) Recognition, Las Vegas, NM, Plaza
  • 10:00 a.m.  NMSODAR Recognition, Kearny Gap, site of meeting between Becknell and Gallegos

End of the Trail Chapter Activities:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. En route to Glorieta, visit Private Museum 
  • 3:00 p.m.  James Riding In will present, “Indians on the Santa Fe Trail,” St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM.
  • 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Buffalo Dinner at the La Fonda Hotel

Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Santa Fe, NM

  • 10:00 a.m.  La Llegada ~ The Arrival ~ Governor Melgares greets Becknell, arriving on horseback, at the Santa Fe Plaza.  Dr. Tom Chavez will portray Gov. Melgares and Jeff Hengesbach will portray American trader, William Becknell 
  • Late Morning – NMSODAR – Recognition of the Santa Fe Plaza Marker

For more information, Pam Najdowski, 505-920-4970; or Joy Poole, 505-660-1845
EXHIBIT:  Santa Fe Trail; November 13, 2021 – May 8, 2022; at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 Northeast 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.  Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will recognize the bicentennial of this most important National Heritage Trail and explore its role in connecting Mexico with the United States, its place in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War and how these events shaped the history of the American West from Central America to western Canada. After opening trade between Missouri and Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became a superhighway carrying goods both ways and directly affecting cultures in both countries, especially with Native peoples in the territories west of Missouri. For more information: info@nationalcowboymuseum.org    https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/exhibition/santa-fe-trail/

November 13, 2021: “On the Trail to Your Ancestors!”  1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Old Mill Museum, 120 E. Mill Street, Lindsborg, KS. Learn how to research your ancestors that traveled on the Santa Fe Trail.  For more information: 620-241-8719, e-mail: quivira.sfta@gmail.com or www.2021SantaFeTrailKansas.com

November 16, 2021 marks the 200th Anniversary of the arrival of William Becknell and his trading party in Santa Fe. 

~2022 Events~

January 302022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Boonville, MO commemorating the return of Becknell from Santa Fe.  Contact for more information:  annemallinson@gmail.com or ldshort@comcast.net

April 1-2, 2022:  9:00 a.m. – SFTA Spring Workshop & Board of Directors Meeting.  The Workshop will focus on development of a new Strategic Plan for SFTA.

May 22, 2022:  Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association meeting and luncheon in Arrow Rock, MO commemorating Becknell’s second journey to Santa Fe (with 3 wagons).  Contact for more information:  annemallinson@gmail.com or ldshort@comcast.net

September 22, 2022: 9:00 a.m. SFTA Fall Board of Directors Meeting.

September 22-24, 2022: RENDEZVOUS 2022, Larned, KS.  “Youth on the Santa Fe Trail” will be the theme.
~2023 Events~

April 14-15, 2023:  Spring Workshop & Board Meeting.  Location TBD.

2023 SFTA Symposium:  Tentative dates Sept. 20 or 21-23 OR Sept. 27 or 28-30.  Will be held in Kansas City area and hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter.

~2024 Events~

April 12-13, 2024:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting; location to be determined


Sept. 26-28, 2024:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & RENDEZVOUS, Larned, KS
1824 – 2024:  200th anniversary of Wm.  Becknell’s third, and final trip to Santa Fe, when Becknell joined with Augustus Storrs and M. M. Marmaduke, both of whom were to become major factors in the trade with the southwest. This was the first large wagon train to trade with Santa Fe. It consisted of 25 wagons and carts, 81 men, 150 to 200 horses and mules and $30,000.00 in trade goods. The expedition returned with $180,000.00 in coins, and $10,000.00 in fur pelts.

~2025 Events~

March 28-29, 2025:  SFTA Spring Workshop & Board Meeting, location to be determined.


Sept. 24-27, 2025:  SFTA Fall Board Meeting & Symposium, location to be determined.  200th anniversary of the Sibley Survey, the Treaties with the Kaw and the Osage, and the First Mexican Traders travel the Santa Fe Trail to the east.



Our Mission
The mission of the Santa Fe Trail Association is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.  The Santa Fe Trail Association’s purposes are exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.